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Download this Press Release in MS Word FormatPress Release 8 September 1998
WAP FORUM MOMENTUM ACCELERATES - 23 NEW COMPANIES JOIN IN FOUR MONTHS

Membership Now 60 Companies Strong

LONDON, United Kingdom - (8 September 1998) - The Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum (www.wapforum.org) today announced that membership has expanded to include 60 leading industry companies. The WAP specification provides the basis for a unified worldwide standard---for providing wireless information access from handheld devices--which ensures solutions from multiple providers work consistently for end-users on all networks. General WAP Forum membership was opened in January 1998. By May 1998, 37 companies had united to contribute to the Wireless Application Protocol efforts. In the last four months 23 additional companies have joined the WAP Forum and are introduced subsequently.

The WAP Forum membership now includes manufacturers that represent the majority of the worldwide wireless infrastructure and handset markets, as well as the largest, and many of the most innovative wireless network operators--implementing all network protocols. The substantial and continued growth of the WAP Forum membership provides an influential basis for the evolution of the WAP specification and signifies broad industry commitment to the creation of a worldwide open standard for wireless Internet access on handheld devices.

The WAP Forum also announced the election of officers and the expansion of the Board, which includes a strong cross section of operators and suppliers. The following members now comprise the Board:

Mr. Chuck Parrish (WAP board chairman), executive vice president,
Unwired Planet (now Phone.com), Inc.

Mr. Gregory G. Williams (WAP board vice chairman), vice president,
Wireless Systems, SBC Communications, Inc.

Dr. Alain C. Briancon, vice president & director,
Internet & Networking Group,Motorola Limited

Mr. Christophe Francois, product development director,
CEGETEL / SFR

Dr. Ajei S. Gopal, director of technology,
Pervasive Computing, IBM Corporation

Mr. Joakim Nelson, director, Strategic Product Management,
Ericsson Mobile Communications

Mr. Noritake Okada, senior engineer,
Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd.

Mr. Francis Pinault, system & architecture manager,
Professional & Consumer Division, Alcatel

Mr. Paul Schofield, senior product manager,
Wireless Data, Products & Marketing, Telstra Corporation Ltd.

Mr. Mikko Terho, vice president, Wireless Data,
Nokia Mobile Phones

"The expansion of the WAP Forum demonstrates the powerful industry consensus and endorsement of WAP as the worldwide open standard for delivering information to wireless handheld devices," said the WAP Forum's newly elected chairman, Chuck Parrish. "The presence on the Board of leading wireless operators and industry suppliers confirms WAP's strong market position."

"SBC Communications sees WAP as extremely strategic to the future of the wireless industry," said Gregory G. Williams, the WAP Forum's newly elected vice chairman. "As an operator of multiple protocols, SBC is in a unique position to understand the importance of a wireless protocol that can be leveraged across all of the wireless technologies, and I look forward to helping the wireless industry, especially the carriers, capitalize on new services enabled by WAP."

About the WAP Forum

The Wireless Application Protocol specifies Internet content and advanced telephony services access on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. The WAP Forum has published a global wireless protocol specification for all wireless networks that will be contributed to appropriate standards bodies. Version 1.0 of the Wireless Application Protocol specification is available for download at www.wapforum.org. WAP enables manufacturers, network operators, content providers and application developers to offer compatible products and secure services on all digital devices and networks resulting in greater economies of scale and universal access to information. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry participants. Details and the member application form are available at www.wapforum.org.

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NOTE to Editors: Please see subsequent information for the complete listing of WAP Forum members, as well as company profiles and press contacts for new members. All company, brand and product names may be trademarks that are the sole property of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

For further information contact:
Julie Juliano
J&J Communications
[email protected]
+1 916 645 1209 (tel)
+1 916 645 1202 (fax)
+1 916 600 5394 (mobile)

WAP Forum Membership -- September 1998

Alcatel, www.alcatel.com

APiON Ltd., www.apion-tss.com

AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., www.attws.com

BellSouth Cellular Corp., www.bscc.com

Bosch Telecom Danmark A/S, www.bosch-telecom.de New

CCL (Computer & Communications Research Laboratories, ITRI), www.ccl.itri.org.tw New

CEGETEL / SFR (SociÈtÈ FranÁaise du Radio TÈlÈphone), www.sfr.fr

Cellnet, www.cellnet.co.uk New

Certicom Corp., www.certicom.com

CMG Telecommunications and Utilities, www.cmg.nl New

Comverse Network Systems, Inc., www.comversens.com New

CTC (Itochu Techno-Science Corporation), www.ctc-g.co.jp New

DDI Corporation, www.ddi.co.jp

DeLaRue Card Systems, www.delarue.com

Dolphin Telecommunications Ltd., www.dolphin-telecom.co.uk New

Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, www.ericsson.se

Fujitsu Software Corporation, www.fsc.fujitsu.com

Gemplus, www.gemplus.com New

Geoworks Corporation, www.geoworks.com

Hongkong Telecom - Mobile Services, www.hkt.com

IBM Corporation, www.ibm.com

IDO Corporation, www.ido.co.jp New

Intel Corporation, www.intel.com New

Logica Aldiscon, www.aldiscon.com New

Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd., www.panasonic.co.jp

MD-Co, www.md-co.com

Mitsubishi Wireless Communications Inc., www.mobileaccessphone.com New

Motorola Limited, www.motorola.com

NEC Technologies (UK) Ltd., www.nec-global.com New

Nokia, www.nokia.com

NORTEL / Northern Telcom Limited, www.nortel.com

NTT Mobile Communications Network Inc., www.nttdocomo.com New

Philips Consumer Communications LP, www.pcc.philips.com

Puma Technology, Inc., www.pumatech.com New

QUALCOMM Incorporated, www.qualcomm.com

Rogers Cantel Mobile Communications Inc., www.rogers.com New

RSA Data Security, Inc., www.rsa.com New

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, www.samsungelectronics.com New

SBC Communications, Inc., www.sbc.com

Schlumberger Industries S.A., www.slb.com

Sema Group Limited, www.semagroup.com/telecoms/

Sendit AB, www.sendit.se

Siemens AG, www.siemens.com New

SOFTLINE / Scandinavian Softline Technology Oy, www.softline.fi

Sonera Corporation (formerly Telecom Finland Ltd.), www.sonera.fi

Sprint PCS, www.sprintpcs.com New

Spyglass, Inc., www.spyglass.com

Starfish Software, Inc., www.starfish.com

SWISSCOM Ltd., www.swisscom.com New

Symbian Ltd. (formerly Psion Software plc), www.symbian.com

Tegic Communications, Inc., www.tegic.com New

Telecom Italia Mobile S.p.A., www.tim.it

Telenor Mobil Group, www.telenor.no

Telia Mobile AB, www.telia.com New

Telstra Corporation Ltd., www.telstra.com.au

T-MOBIL / Deutsche Telekom Mobilnet GmbH, www.t-mobil.de

Uniden Corporation, www.uniden.com

Unwired Planet (now Phone.com) Inc., www.uplanet.com

Vodafone Group plc, www.vodafone.co.uk

VTT Information Technology, www.vtt.fi

 

New Member Profiles - September 1998

 

The main activity of BOSCH TELECOM DANMARK A/S is research, development and manufacture of cellular telephones—primarily singleband and multiband GSM handsets. It is a fully owned subsidiary of Bosch Telecom GmbH, Germany, representing 13 manufacturing plants and a total workforce of around 20,000 within the communications technology sector. For more information visit http://www.bosch-telecom.de

Press Contact:

Hans Peter Hinrup, Bosch Telecom Danmark A/S, +45 96 73 80 00 (tel), +45 96 73 80 01 (fax)

 

CCL (COMPUTER & COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH LABORATORIES, ITRI) is entrusted with the mission of enhancing the competitive position of the domestic information, communications, and consumer electronic industries through advanced technology. Commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), CCL executes technology development projects of national scale, by means of which a solid base of technology expertise is formed within. CCL is also actively engaged in technology dissemination to Taiwan’s industries. For more information visit http://www.ccl.itri.org.tw

Press Contact:

Shu-Chin Su Chen, CCL, +886 3 5917 582 (tel), +886 3 5820 243 (fax), [email protected]

 

CELLNET was formed by British Telecommunications PLC (BT) and Securicor Group PLC, and was granted a licence to become a mobile communications network operator in 1983. BT is the majority shareholder with a 60 percent stake. Cellnet is one of the world’s largest mobile operators with a subscriber base of 3.3 million. For more information visit http://www.cellnet.co.uk or http://www.genie.cellnet.co.uk

Press Contact:

Damian Peachey, Cellnet, +44 (0) 1753 565309 (tel), +44 (0) 1753 565027 (fax), [email protected]

 

CMG TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND UTILITIES B.V. is a leading provider of advanced messaging and fraud prevention systems. The Short Message Service Center and Value Added Service Platform for digital cellular networks offers unrivaled performance and functionality. Active in over 40 countries worldwide and with over 5,000 employees, CMG offers long term partnerships, beneficial to the more than 50 network operators that currently use CMG’s products. CMG has offices in the USA, Europe and Asia. For more information visit http://www.cmg.nl

Press Contact:

Femmy De Rijk, CMG Telecommunications & Utilities B.V., +31 30 23 39 300 (tel), +31 30 23 39 490 (fax), [email protected]

 

COMVERSE NETWORK SYSTEMS, INC., Wakefield, MA, is the leading provider of enhanced services platforms, enabling wireline and wireless telecommunications operators to offer revenue-generating multimedia messaging and information services to business and residential users. Its Access NP™ and TRILOGUE™ Infinity™ platforms can offer call answering, voice/fax mail, audiotex, fax-on-demand, interactive voice response, short text message service, virtual phone/fax, unified messaging and next-generation Advanced Intelligent Network-based personal communications services. For more information visit http://www.comversens.com

Press Contact:

Kay Brewer, Comverse Network Systems, +1 781 224 8372 (tel), +1 781 224 8007 (fax), [email protected]

 

CTC (ITOCHU TECHNO-SCIENCE CORPORATION) is one of the major System Integrators in Japan, and was established in 1972. CTC provide the customer with a various range of services and products in Japan, such as Total System Integration Service and tailored solutions. Our main products, which contributed to CTC’s rapid growth, are Sun Microsystems, CISCO, and Internet application software. CTC continues the new challenges with the key word of "Solution Innovator" more than "System Integrator" for our aim of total customer satisfaction. For more information visit http://www.ctc-g.co.jp

Press Contact:

Kan Takiyanagi, CTC, +81 3 5226 1858 (tel), +81 3 5226 1861 (fax), [email protected]

 

DOLPHIN TELECOMMUNICATIONS LTD. is the world’s first Public European digital mobile communications network to be based on the open ETSI TETRA standard, which combines the features of digital cellular, private mobile radio, wireless data and paging. Services offered to the professional mobile customer will satisfy their needs for a seamless communications facility, integrating telephony, dispatch services and advanced data applications with multimedia messaging and information services. For more information visit http://dolphin-telecom.co.uk

Press Contact:

Lena Servis, Dolphin Telecommunications Ltd., +44 171 396 3341 (tel), +44 171 396 3377 (fax), [email protected]

 

GEMPLUS is the world’s leading provider of smartcard-based solutions. Gemplus sells smartcards, contactless cards, electronic tags and smart objects. The company designs and markets software, development tools and readers. With sales of over US$585 million in 1997, Gemplus employs more than 4,100 people in 27 countries around the world. For more information visit http://www.gemplus.com

Press Contact:

Tim Baker, Gemplus, +33 4 42 36 51 41 (tel), +33 4 42 36 64 15 (fax), [email protected]

 

IDO CORPORATION is one of Japan’s largest cellular carriers, with 62.8% ownership by Toyota Motor Corp. Established in March 1987, covering 13 prefectures in the economic heart of Japan from metropolitan Tokyo to Nagoya (Toyota HQ) to Nagano. In March 1997, IDO Corporation announced plans to implement a cdmaOne™ network in its service area, and will start the commercial service in April 1999. Currently, IDO is also researching the next generation architecture, preserving compatibility with cdmaOne for IMT-2000. For more information visit http:// www.ido.co.jp

Press Contact:

Makoto Wadagaki, IDO Corporation, +81 3 3263 2136 (tel), +81 3 3263 2133 (fax), [email protected]

 

INTEL CORPORATION, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of personal computer, networking and communications products. For more information visit http://www.intel.com/pressroom

Press Contact:

Michelle Bernatchy, Intel Corp., +1 916 356 6515 (tel), +1 916 356 6227 (fax), [email protected]

 

LOGICA ALDISCON is a leading developer of innovative infrastructure products and services for Digital Cellular, PCS and Satellite network operators. The company has product deployments in over 200 live sites worldwide providing for all the major technologies including GSM, IS-41 (TDMA/CDMA) and PDC. Wireless Data products include Short Message Service Centres (SMSC), Cell Broadcast Centres (CBC) and USSD Gateways. For more information visit http://www.aldiscon.com

Press Contact:

Norbert Sagnard, Logica Aldiscon, +353 1 8193463 (tel), +353 1 8193829 (fax), [email protected]

 

MITSUBISHI WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS INC. (MWCI). The Personal Mobile Communications Division of MWCI develops and markets wireless integrated voice/data communications products and advanced mobile communications applications and services. The initial product offering by the PMC Division is the MobileAccess™ 100 Series cellular smartphones, which enable universal connectivity for information access and transmission via voice, company network, the Internet, e-mail and wireless modem capabilities. For more information visit http://www.mobileaccessphone.com

Press Contact:

Stefani Parrish, Personal Mobile Communications Division, Mitsubishi Wireless Communications, Inc., +1 408 774 3621 (tel), +1 408 732 9382 (fax), [email protected]

 

NEC TECHNOLOGIES (UK) LTD. NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) pioneered the concept of C&C, the integration of Computers and Communications, and is the only company in the world to be counted among top ranking corporations spanning the wide range of fields essential for this vision of multimedia: computers, communications and electron devices. Employing 150,000 people worldwide, NEC had FY1997-98 net sales of US$37 billion. For more information visit http://www.nec-global.com

Press Contact:

Ms. Akiko Shikimori, NEC Corporation, +81 3 3798 6511(tel), +81 3 3457 7249 (fax), [email protected]

 

NTT MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK, INC. NTT DoCoMo was established as a separate company in the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation group and took over its mobile communications operations in 1992. As the leading mobile communications operator in Japan, NTT DoCoMo offers high-quality, high-mobility communications using a state-of-the-art nationwide network. For more information visit http://www.nttdocomo.com

Press Contact:

Masami Kawasaki, NTT DoCoMo, +81 3 5563 7045 (tel), +81 3 5572 6646 (fax), [email protected]

 

PUMA TECHNOLOGY, INC. is the provider of InfoAnyware, Universal Synchronization Solutions software. Its Intellisync, Intellisync Anywhere and Satellite Forms software product lines connect consumers, mobile professionals, the extended corporate enterprise and Internet services to popular handheld, telephony and other small data communication devices. The open Intellisync platform lets users synchronize the critical connection between both wired and wireless handheld devices and information found in corporate databases, the Internet and individuals’ PC applications. For more information visit http://www.pumatech.com

Press Contact:

Kathy O'Connell or Nadia Jamshidi, McGrath/Power PR, +1 408 727 0351 (tel), +1 408 727 2695 (fax), [email protected] or [email protected]

 

ROGERS CANTEL MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS INC. ("Wireless") is Canada’s largest national wireless communications service provider offering subscribers a broad spectrum of wireless communications products and services. It is currently the only company in Canada licensed to provide all of cellular, Digital PCS, paging and wireless data services nationwide. With over 1.5 million cellular and Digital PCS subscribers and over 250,000 paging subscribers, Wireless+ seamless cellular network covers 93% of the Canadian population with analog coverage and over 81% of the population with digital coverage. For more information visit http://www.rogers.com

Press Contact:

Heather Armstrong, Rogers Cantel Inc., +1 416 935 6379 (tel), +1 416 935 7975 (fax), [email protected]

 

RSA DATA SECURITY, INC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SDTI), is a leading supplier of software components that secure electronic data, with more than 300 million copies of RSA encryption and authentication technologies installed worldwide. RSA develops and markets platform-independent security components and related developer kits and provides comprehensive cryptographic consulting services. For more information visit http://www.rsa.com

Press Contact:

Patrick Corman, Corman Communications, +1 650 326 9648 (tel), +1 650 322 0655 (fax), [email protected]

 

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., a US$13 billion global company operated in more than 60 countries, is a worldwide producer of telecommunications products, semiconductors, computers and home appliances. Samsung Information & Telecommuniations Business develops and manufactures infrastructure systems and terminal equipment for cellular and fixed networks. Samsung also committed to the development of infrastructure Super Highway through its optical and access networking business. Samsung is the world’s first to succeed in commercializing a nationwide CDMA network. For more information visit http://samsungelectronics.com

Press Contact:

Sang-Seo Lee, SAMSUNG Electronics CO., LTD, +82 331 200 3875 (tel), +82 331 200 3508 (fax), [email protected]

 

SIEMENS AG (The Communication Groups of Siemens). Siemens’ Public Communication Networks Group and Private Communication Systems Group belong to the world’s leading suppliers of solutions for telecommunication infrastructure systems and communications solutions for companies and private customers. In the 1996/97 fiscal year, these groups, which employ a workforce of around 66,000, recorded sales in the region of DM 25.6 billion. Businesses in 160 countries belong to the customer base of these Siemens groups. For more information visit http://www.siemens.com

Press Contact:

Reiner Schoenrock, Siemens AG Press Office, +49 89 722 33988 (tel), +49 89 722 28365 (fax), [email protected]

 

SPRINT PCS has the largest all-digital, nationwide PCS network in the U.S., serving 159 markets, which include more than 4,000 cities and communities. Sprint PCS, together with its affiliates and Sprint Corporation, has licensed PCS coverage of nearly 260 million people in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Sprint PCS is a partnership of Sprint, Tele-Communications, Inc., Cox Communications, Inc. and Comcast Corporation. For more information visit http://www.sprintpcs.com

Press Contact:

Tom Murphy, Sprint PCS, +1 816 559 6703 (tel), +1 816 559 6790 (fax), [email protected]

 

SWISSCOM LTD. is the principal provider of telecommunications services in Switzerland, offering a comprehensive range of services to residential and business customers. Swisscom provides approximately 4.7 million fixed-line telephone access channels in Switzerland, including over 600,000 ISDN channels, representing one of the highest ISDN penetration rates in the world. Swisscom also provides mobile telecommunications services, with more than 1.0 million mobile telephone customers. In 1997, Swisscom had consolidated net revenues of approximately CHF 9.8 billion. For more information visit http://www.swisscom.com

Press Contact:

Renata Cosby, Swisscom Ltd., +41 31 342 0280 (tel), +41 31 342 0279 (fax), [email protected]

 

TEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, INC., a Seattle-based company, was founded in November 1995 to develop and market a text input technology, called T9. T9 is a new text input solution for wireless phones, palm PCs, two-way pagers, personal organizers and portable computing devices. It allows individuals to quickly and easily enter text, with only one touch per letter. T9 employs an intelligent software protocol, which matches keystrokes with words in a linguistic database. For more information visit http://www.tegic.com

Press Contact:

Jennifer M. Gehrt, Tegic Communications, +1 206 343 7001, x126 (tel), +1 206 343 7004 (fax), [email protected] or in Europe, Shaun Wootton, Herald Communications, +49 89 230 31 60 (tel)

 

TELIA MOBILE AB is one of the leading international companies in the mobile communications market and a leader in the Swedish market. The company has 1,700 employees and an estimated turnover of 8.5 billion Swedish kronor in 1998. Telia Mobile develops, creates, and markets radio based communication services to corporations and individuals with trademarks Mobitel, Minicall and D.O.F. For more information visit http://www.telia.com

Press Contact:

Lena Demborg, Telia Mobile AB, +4686018492 (tel), +4686017411 (fax), [email protected]